WH Smith to stay put in Accrington after U-turn

A MAJOR retailer, which had announced it was pulling out of an East Lancashire shopping centre, will now be staying open.

WH Smith was due to close its store in Accrington in March following a failure to negotiate rents with the Arndale Centre.

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said a deal had been struck after a renegotiation of rent prices.

He said: “I am grateful they have done that, and it is very good news.”

Opposition leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said the U-turn was a great boost for the town. He said: “It is good to know that the owners of the Arndale have been prepared to compromise and do a deal with WH Smith. A major company like WH Smith is a company that simply cannot be lost. It is not just WH Smith that trades there, and it is important because people who spend tmoney at WH Smith go on to spend around the town.”

A spokesman for WH Smith said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to serve the community in Accrington and to support the retail environment in the town.”

The decision comes as bosses announce a Heritage Museum could be opened at the shopping centre.

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5:43pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Stop Backenders says...

That is good news at last someone as seen common sense, its greed in the first place that causes these shops to close in these hard times. If it were not for these shop owners there would be no Arndale In the first place.
Council take note you need to put this to these companies before they set up shop in Hyndburn that they must compromise on things like this, instead of charging unrealistic rent that some company survey has done regarding the income that will be generated by these great Building projects that will create Thousands of Jobs.
It’s all spin from these Companies they are trying to make Accrington into some were like Manchester it will not work we are a small Town your taking away income from the centre of town by building projects on the outskirts its killing the town off.
Please do not do more damage by passing the plans to move the Bus Station to the other side of town if you do you have lost the main reason for it being there to feed the shops and serve the people who need it Its bang in the centre where it should be.
A Road is Like a River and should flow like a river take part of that river divert that river and watch the river dry up that’s what you’re doing if you move the Bus Station to the outskirts of town.
That is good news at last someone as seen common sense, its greed in the first place that causes these shops to close in these hard times. If it were not for these shop owners there would be no Arndale In the first place. Council take note you need to put this to these companies before they set up shop in Hyndburn that they must compromise on things like this, instead of charging unrealistic rent that some company survey has done regarding the income that will be generated by these great Building projects that will create Thousands of Jobs. It’s all spin from these Companies they are trying to make Accrington into some were like Manchester it will not work we are a small Town your taking away income from the centre of town by building projects on the outskirts its killing the town off. Please do not do more damage by passing the plans to move the Bus Station to the other side of town if you do you have lost the main reason for it being there to feed the shops and serve the people who need it Its bang in the centre where it should be. A Road is Like a River and should flow like a river take part of that river divert that river and watch the river dry up that’s what you’re doing if you move the Bus Station to the outskirts of town. Stop Backenders

8:45pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Venomp says...

Thats a relief after all being a high street shop.
After the closure of New look the Arndale centre faced the domino effect of closures for some shops.

I suggest the Arndale centre owners to rather entice similar shops to New look as women are the main shoppers.
Thats a relief after all being a high street shop. After the closure of New look the Arndale centre faced the domino effect of closures for some shops. I suggest the Arndale centre owners to rather entice similar shops to New look as women are the main shoppers. Venomp

6:47pm Sun 17 Feb 13

wilkinp4 says...

Think I will tell my council landlord my rent is to high, see if they will renegotiate..... Doubt it somehow.
Think I will tell my council landlord my rent is to high, see if they will renegotiate..... Doubt it somehow. wilkinp4

5:51pm Mon 18 Feb 13

sharonAccy says...

Can't understand how these places would rather have space empty than fill it offering cheaper rent

Surely smaller rent is better than no rent !!!!!!!
Can't understand how these places would rather have space empty than fill it offering cheaper rent Surely smaller rent is better than no rent !!!!!!! sharonAccy

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